| Euromusic Song Contest 2014|
Semi-Final 1 date: 15 July 2014
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Number of entries
|About 2014 show|
The Euromusic Song Contest 2014 will be the 6th annual Euromusic Song Contest. The contest will take place in United Kingdom, following Cheryl Cole's win in the 2013 contest with the song "You". This will be the first time that Denmark will host the contest. So far sixeen countries have confirmed participation. On 10 May 2013 during the organizers press conference in Bucharest, the executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, commented that he hoped for the return of countries absent from the 2013 contest and that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is in discussions with these broadcasters regarding their potential return. The preliminary dates set for the two semi-finals are 11 June and 12 June 2014, with the final planned for the evening of 13 June 2014. A number of cities, including Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, will be considered as host cities. The contest is hosted by the British national broadcaster BBC, who have appointed Brian Burke as executive producer for the 2014 contest.
On 1st January the British broardcaster Gary Barlow British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) decided who will host this year the 6th Euromusic Song Contest in London. After auditions with TV stars from United Kingdom BBC decided that Danny O'Donoghue, Jessie J and Gary Barlow will be the main hosts. Later on 20th of March Hugh Jackman confirmed his presence to 6th Euromusic. He will host the Grand Final only.
Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor and producer who is involved in film, musical theatre, and television. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series, as well as for his leads in Kate & Leopold, Van Helsing, The Prestige, Australia, Real Steel, Les Misérables, and Prisoners. His work in Les Misérables earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2013. He is also a singer, dancer, and actor in stage musicals, and won a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz. A three-time host of the Tony Awards, winning an Emmy Award for one of these appearances, Jackman also hosted the 81st Academy Awards on 22 February 2009.
Danny O'Donoghue was originally a member of a late 1990s band called Mytown with friend (and now also band member of The Script) Mark Sheehan, after being signed to Universal Records in 1999. After its moderate success, O'Donoghue moved to Los Angeles with Sheehan to write songs and produce for artists such as Britney Spears, Boyz II Men and TLC. After one year of writing, O'Donoghue and Sheehan moved back to Dublin and, recruiting drummer Glen Power, started working on their own material. They formed the band The Script in 2001. The band released their eponymous debut album on 8th August 2008. O'Donoghue co-wrote all the songs on the album. The album went on to become a commercial success, especially in their home country of Ireland, peaking at number one on the Irish Album Chart. The band has since released two more albums: Science and Faith on September 2010 and #3 on September 2012. The Script have toured since early March 2013 for their #3 tour in the UK. They performed in some of the UK's largest arenas and cities such Birmingham, London and Manchester. In 2012 O'Donoghue made his first appearance in The Voice UK alongside Jessie J, will.i.am and Tom Jones as a coach. The decision was supported by bandmates Glen Power and Mark Sheehan, who said: "Danny did The Voice to put a face to The Script. We know about producing, song writing and performing – we’ve been doing it since we were 14 or 15. Danny on a show about singing was good for us. People saw how passionate he is about music, how much it means to him and it made our band better known.” The appointment of O'Donoghue as coach initially drew criticism, with Twitter users branding him "Danny I Dunno Who" and comedian James Corden joking about it at the 2012 BRIT Awards. O'Donoghue retaliated saying "James who? Whatever. It’s up to other people to make up their own minds. I know I’m on this show for what I’ve done in my career. I’ve spent 15 years in the music industry, it’s all I know." Since then, however, the show has helped contribute to O'Donoghue's popularity, with O'Donoghue stating there was a "big outpouring of love for The Script" but adding that it "could have gone the other way." He was asked to appear as a judge for The Voice again in 2013 after leading 'Team Danny' to great success. O'Donoghue also co-wrote the track "Alive" for Bo Bruce's album Before I Sleep. On 16 July 2013, Danny announced he was to the leave the show to concentrate on the Script. He will be replaced by Ricky Wilson.
Jessica Ellen Cornish (born 27 March 1988), better known by her stage name Jessie J, is an English singer and songwriter. Born and brought up in London, England, she studied at the BRIT School before signing with Gut Records and striking a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing where she wrote for artists including Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus. After signing with Universal Republic, Jessie J came to prominence following the release of her début single, "Do It Like a Dude", which peaked at number two on the UK Singles Charts. In 2011, after topping the charts in nineteen countries including the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and New Zealand, with the song "Price Tag", she released her début album, Who You Are, which charted at number two in the UK. Other releases from the album included "Nobody's Perfect", "Who's Laughing Now" and "Who You Are", which all charted within the top 20 in the UK. Release of the fifth single, "Domino", resulted in further international chart success, peaking at number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and becoming her second UK number one. The seventh single released from Who You Are, "LaserLight", became the album's sixth top ten single, making her the first British female artist to have six top ten singles from a studio album. Her second album, Alive, was released on 23 September 2013 and reached the top 5 in the UK Albums Chart. An adapted version of the album is planned for release in the U.S. in 2014. Aside from her musical career, Jessie J served as coach and mentor on television show, The Voice UK. Citing various influences, Jessie J is recognised for an unconventional musical and performance style that mixes soul vocals with contemporary R&B, pop, electropop, and hip-hop beats. Jessie J has garnered various awards and nominations for contributions to the music industry, including the 2011 Critics' Choice BRIT Award and the BBC's Sound of 2011. As of April 2012, Jessie had sold over 11 million singles and 2.5 million albums, worldwide.
Gary Barlow OBE (born 20 January 1971) is an English singer-songwriter, pianist and record producer. He is frontman and lead vocalist of British pop-group Take That and served as head judge on series 8, 9 and 10 of The X Factor UK. Barlow is one of Britain's most successful songwriters, having written thirteen Number 1 singles and twenty three top 10 hits He has had three Number 1 singles, six top 10 singles and two Number 1 albums as a solo artist, and has had sixteen top 5 hits, eleven Number 1 singles and seven Number 1 albums with Take That. He is also a six-time recipient of the Ivor Novello Award and has sold over 50 million records worldwide. He was appointed an OBE in 2012 for services to music and charity.
Zac Efron Zachary David Alexander "Zac" Efron (born October 18, 1987) is an American actor and singer. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and became known as a teen idol after his lead roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, the WB series Summerland, and the 2007 film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray. Efron has since starred in the films 17 Again, Me and Orson Welles, Charlie St. Cloud, New Year's Eve, The Lucky One, and The Lorax (voice only).
On 17 June 2013, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced that O2 Arena in London would be the host venue for the 2014 Euromusic Song Contest.
Seven cities have been considered for the host city of the contest including London and Birmingham which are the favorites to host. The O2 Arema, located in London, and the LG Arena, located in Birmingham, were the first venues to join the bidding phase. Later Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield entered the phase with First Direct Arena, Echo Arena, Manchester Arena, Capital FM Arena and Motorpoint Arena venues respectively.
|Leeds||First Direct Arena||13,500|
|Nottingham||Capital FM Arena||10,000|
Semi-final allocation draw
The allocation draw will take place on 20 January 2014.
The distribution of countries in pots are as follows:
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4||Pot 5||Pot 6|
Valentina Monetta will represent San Marino for a third consecutive year, having previously represented the nation at the 2012 and 2013 contests.
- Ireland - X Factor UK
- Moldova - Factor Moldova
- Romania - Melodifestivalen
- Sweden - Star Factor Svarige
- United Kingdom - Star Factor UK
Betting Odds Top 3
|02||Russia||Sergey Lazarev||"Cake to Bake"||14||13|
|04||Azerbaijan||AySel & Arash||"Undo"||1||151|
|05||Portugal||Edith Márquez||"No Prejudice"||15||9|
|06||Moldova||Akord||"One Night's Anger"||13||19|
|08||Estonia||Grete Paia||"Start a Fire"||8||78|
|11||Hungary||Viktor Király||"Wild Soul"||11||22|
|12||Iceland||Of Monsters and Men||"Maybe"||3||114|
|13||Sweden||Swedish House Mafia||"Quero ser tua"||5||107|
|14||Belgium||Stromae||"Calm After The Storm"||4||113|
|15||San Marino||Valentina Monetta||"Moj svijet" (Мој свијет)||12||20|
|02||Romania||Mihai Chițu and Pepe||"Same Heart"||6||80|
|03||Austria||Saint Lu||"Silent Storm"||5||95|
|04||Finland||Juno ft. Janna and Gracias||"Three Minutes to Earth"||15||14|
|05||Slovenia||Nika Zorjan||"My Słowianie (Slavic Girls)"||13||27|
|06||Switzerland||Justin Timberlake||"Rise Like A Phoenix"||1||111|
|08||Greece||Kostas Martakis||"Something Better"||8||76|
|10||Macedonia||Robert Bilbilov and Viktorija Loba||"Cheesecake"||12||36|
|11||Israel||Chawki||"To the Sky"||14||17|
|12||Malta||Kevin Borg||"Hunter of Stars"||7||78|
|14||Denmark||Bryan Rice and Emmelie de Forest||"Round and Round"||11||59|
|15||Spain||Thalia and Michael Bublé||"Miracle"||2||108|
OGAE Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen.The organisation consists of a network of 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profit company.
|Azerbaijan||"Undo"||AySel and Arash||Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamed "K-One" Pirouzpanah||354|
|Ukraine||"Running"||Ruslana||András Kállay-Saunders, Krisztián Szakos||262|
|Romania||"Same Heart"||Mihai Citu and Pepe||Rami Talmid||233|
|Switzerland||"Rise Like a Phoenix"||Justin Timberlake||Charley Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski, Julian Maas||221|
|France||"Children of the Universe"||Britney Spears||Anders Hansson||162|
|Thalia||Spain (for Portugal)||2011|
|Valentina Monetta||San Marino||2012, 2013|
- Andorra – The Andorran broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) informed a Euromusic news website that due to financial reasons and a tight budget, Andorra would not return to the contest in 2014.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Despite the Bosnian broadcaster Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) initially stating their intention to participate in the contest, on 18 December 2013 it was announced that they would not be taking part due to a lack of sponsorship.
- Bulgaria – Though at first BNT announced its participation, later on 22 November 2013, BNT announced its withdrawal, due to budget cuts and financial reasons.
- Croatia – Croatian broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) announced on 19 September 2013 that they are withdrawing from the 2014 contest, citing the Eurozone crisis|European financial crisis, as well as a string of poor results between and influencing their decision to take a year break. The last time Croatia qualified for the grand final was in .
- Cyprus – On 3 October 2013, the Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) announced their withdrawal from the 2014 contest, citing public opinion regarding the 2012–13 Cypriot financial crisis and budget restrictions as factors that influenced this decision. However, another broadcaster in Cyprus, Sigma TV, offered sponsorship to CyBC with the deputy chief of the channel saying: "We are willing to produce the national selection and the necessary expenses for the song and the artist like MAD TV did for Greece last year… it’s never too late for CyBC to change their minds, there’s still time".
- Czech Republic – The Czech broadcaster Česká televize (ČT) confirmed on 30 September 2013, that they will not be returning to the contest in 2014, citing low viewing figures and poor results as their reason.
- Kosovo – While Kosovan broadcaster Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK) did not voice any intention regarding the 2014 contest, Kosovo's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Petrit Selimi told the Swedish television programme Korrespondenterna that he thought Kosovo would be granted EBU membership and acceptance into the Euromusic in time for the 2014 edition. However, Kosovo has yet to be recognized as an independent country by the International Telecommunications Union, which is a requirement for full membership in the EBU.
- Liechtenstein - Broadcaster 1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television (1FLTV) had originally intended to participate in the 2013 contest, pending subsidies being sought from the Liechtenstein government in order to join the EBU. However such financial offerings were never granted. The broadcaster at the time had stated that they would try again with the aim to make their debut in 2014. On 10 September 2013, 1FLTV announced that they will not be present at any foreseeable Euromusic Song Contest until such financial support has been granted by the government of Liechtenstein.
- Luxembourg - The chief executive officer of RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, Alain Berwick, stated that Luxembourg would not make their debut to the contest, citing the potential financial burden of hosting the contest and a lack of public interest as reasons for this decision. The broadcaster further confirmed on 24 July 2013, that Luxembourg would not be participating in the 2014 contest.
- Monaco - The Monegasque broadcaster Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) informed a Eurovision news website that Monaco would not be make their debut to the contest in 2014.
- Morocco - On 11 September 2013, Moroccan broadcaster Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT) informed and confirmed to a Euromusic news website that they have not ruled out the possibility of making a debut in the near future, but currently have no plans to make their debut at the 2014 contest.
- Serbia – On November 22, 2013 Serbia announces its withdrawal, due to financial reasons.
- Slovakia – Participation in the 2014 contest was denied by the official Twitter feed for the Slovakian broadcaster Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska (RTVS), when they were asked by ESC Club Slovakia on 1 September whether they would be taking part in the 2014 contest.
- Turkey – On 14 September 2013, the general director of Türkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu (TRT), İbrahim Şahin, stated that there are no plans to return to the contest under the current conditions. Dissatisfaction with the Voting at the Eurovision Song Contest|introduction of a mixed jury/televote voting system and the current status of the "Big Five" were once again cited as reasons for this decision. The non-participation was confirmed on 7 November 2013.
International broadcasts and voting
- Australia - TBA (SBS)
- Belgium - French: Jean-Louis Lahaye (La Une)
- France – Cyril Féraud and Natasha St-Pier (France 3, final)
- Italy - TBA (Rai 4, semi-final), (Rai 2, final)
- Netherlands – Cornald Maas and Jan Smit (Nederland 1, all shows)
- Poland - TBA (TVP, all shows)
- Switzerland – German: TBA (SRF zwei, semi-finals; SRF 1, final), Italian: Sandy Altermatt and Alessandro Bertoglio (RSI La 2, second semi-final; RSI La 1, final), French: Jean-Marc Richard and Valérie Ogier (RTS Deux, second semi-final; RTS Un, final)
- United Kingdom – Scott Mills (BBC Three, semi-finals); Graham Norton (BBC One, final); Ken Bruce (BBC Radio 2, final)